IU East Asia News
(Left-Right: Trang Pham, Yajing Chen, Shuang Zhao, Anthony Ross, and Erica Bramlett)
In July 2012, five students from IU were selected to participate in the Australian National University’s (ANU) annual Asia Pacific Week in Canberra, Australia. Generously funded by the Pan Asia Institute, IU’s academic partnership with ANU, Anthony Ross (M.A. student, EALC), Erica Bramlet (M.P.A. student, Public and Environmental Affairs), Trang Pham (M.P.A. student, Public and Environmental Affairs), Shuang Zhao (Ph.D. student, Public and Environmental Affairs and Political Science), and Yajing Chen (Ph.D. student, Education) attended four days of lectures, presentations, and activities centered around the theme “The Asia-Pacific Century.” The conference allowed more than 80 students of Asian studies from around the globe an opportunity to network and learn from one another while hearing from scholars of ANU’s College of Asia & the Pacific, one of the foremost centers of Asian scholarship in the world.
Events throughout the week ranged from “Media in Asia: Celebrity, Sensationalism, and Censorship,” which explored popular culture in Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand, and China, to a panel of “Ambassadors in Conversation,” where Japanese, Indonesian, and Korean dignitaries spoke about the trends and issues facing the Asia-Pacific region in the next 50 years. Delegates also actively took part in a War Games simulation titled “Exercise Far Horizons” in which they were asked to take on the roles of nations in the Asia-Pacific region and respond to an international crisis in the South China Sea. Erica Bramlet was invited to present her own research titled “Community Forest Management in a Post-Kyoto International Climate Change Regime” with other student delegates. Delegates also enjoyed the opportunity to visit the Australian Art Museum as well as the Australian Parliament. The week ended with a gala dinner in Canberra’s Old Parliament House, where former Prime Minister Bob Hawkers gave the keynote address.
Applications for Asia Pacific Week 2013 will be available early in the spring semester. Students from a range of disciplines are encouraged to apply.
This summer, the Indiana University Chinese Flagship Center hosted its summer 2012 Flagship Chinese Institute (FCI) for university students of Mandarin Chinese at all levels.
40 students from Indiana University and around the country participated in this residential intensive immersion program, focused on providing one full year of college-level Mandarin Chinese instruction in just eight weeks. Individuals received six to eight hours of college credit while engaging in a full spectrum of active learning experiences and events. This program was funded with generous support from the IU College of Arts and Sciences and a grant from the national Language Flagship.
Ling-yu Hung (Anthropology) traveled to China over the summer to begin the development of a new summer 2014 study abroad course in Chinese Archeology. Working with her sister Hsiao-chun Hung (Archeology, Australian National University), Professor Hung traveled to several archeological sites and museums throughout China. The summer study abroad program will involve the detailed study of a number of important prehistoric and historic archaeological excavations, collections, and issues of archaeological debate in China. It will also include two weeks to a selected cultural region in China to examine significant sites, museums, and research institutes. The course will be open to both undergraduate and graduate students and will boast joint enrollment by ANU and IU students. Partial funding for the trip was provided by the ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute.
The IU Chinese Flagship Program continued its Chinese Tidings lecture series this fall with a series of three lectures. In September David Luesink (Medical Humanities & Health Studies, IUPUI; Ph.D. candidate, University of British Columbia) gave a talk titled “An Analysis of the Characteristics, Trends, and Economic Impact of China’s Anti-Dumping Activity.” The Chinese Tidings Lecture Series joined the 6th Annual China Town Hall event in October by holding its second lecture with Zhao Shuang (Ph.D. Student, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IU Bloomington) titled “China-US Relations: Opportunities and Challenges”. To read more about the 6th Annual China Town Hall go here. In November, Gulandanmu Ma (Visiting Scholar, School of Public Health) and Jennifer Pearl (Director for International Programs for the School of Public Health; M.A. EALC, M.P.A. School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 2010) delivered the final lecture of the fall series, titled “Chinese Folk Dance.” The Chinese Tidings Lecture Series will continue on January 29 with a lecture by Dr. Yuangtao Sun (Visiting Scholar, School of Education) titled “Chinese K-12 Education” followed by a talk on February 13 by Dr. Yueyan Du (Visiting Scholar, Jacob School of Music) titled “Chinese Folk Music”. On March 19, Dr. Wendy Lee (School of Medicine) will conduct a lecture titled “The Class of 77/78 – Generation Reinvented by the Chinese Cultural Revolution.” The final lecture in the spring series will take place on April 17 by Dr. Wan-Ning Bao, (Sociology, IUPUI) titled “Juvenile Criminology in China.”The Chinese Tidings lecture series features both native and non-native speakers presenting entirely in Chinese and is offered to stimulate discussion on a range of topics and to foster language skills and cultural literacy. Simultaneous summary translations are displayed throughout the lectures to accommodate those with little or no Chinese proficiency.
In October, three students from Indiana University’s Chinese Flagship Center traveled to Provo, Utah, to compete in Brigham Young University’s Business Language Case Study Competition. Teams from across the United States participated in the competition, which was conducted entirely in a second language. This unique experience provided our students the opportunity to refine their analytical and presentation skills while using their knowledge of business and Chinese. The IU Bloomington team met weekly through the fall semester to prepare for the intensive competition, and their hard work paid off when they were awarded second place.IU Bloomington was represented by Matt White (B.S. student, Kelley School of Business and EALC), Madeline Hanley (B.A student, Fashion Design and EALC), and Michael Weiming Chan (B.S. student, Kelley School of Business), and team coach Li Bo (M.B.A. student, Kelley School of Business). The case presented to them related to Pepsi’s strategy to expand their global market and compete with Coca-Cola.
In November, David Pillar (principal, Jackson Creek middle School), Jan Bergeson (director of secondary education, Monroe County Community School Corporation), and Carol Gardiner (assistant superintendent, Richland Bean Blossom Community School Corporation) traveled to China to explore educational opportunities to bring back to their schools in the Bloomington area. The weeklong trip, sponsored by Hanban/Confucius Institute, was a part of the Chinese Bridge Delegation program designed to help K-12 administrators start or strengthen their institution’s Chinese programs and partnerships. Throughout their time in China the delegates toured schools and met with students and teachers. The trip offered a rewarding experience that has opened up new connections between local and Chinese schools and has led to further exploration of how best to establish Chinese language classes in local schools at the primary and secondary levels. Brian Flaherty (assistant director, Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy and Chinese Flagship Program) accompanied the group, facilitating local visits and exchange.
Nazif Shahrani (Central Eurasian Studies), Elliot Sperling (Central Eurasian Studies), and Jonathan Schlesinger (History) traveled to Australian National University (ANU) in November to conduct a workshop examining concepts in Central Asian Studies that are relevant to the study of culture, politics, and spatialization across regions.The workshop formed part of ANU’s Research School of Asia and the Pacific’s annual symposium from November 28th through the 30th. The symposium theme, Re-experiencing Asia and the Pacific: New Visions of Region Across Disciplinary Boundaries, examined such topics as “Sharing Knowledge: Across Spatial and Institutional Boundaries”, “Living Landscape: Human / Nature in Asia and the Pacific”, "Moving Pictures: Visual Re-Creations of Asia and the Pacific," and "Liquid Areas: People and Places in Motion." The symposium included scholars from across Australia, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, India, and Thailand. Funding for the workshop was provided by ANU and the ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute (PAI) and continues the PAI, EASC, and the new School of Global and International Studies’ ongoing focus on rethinking Asian Studies in the new millennium. You can read more about the symposium here.
In December, IU received a $1.5 million dollar grant from the Korea Foundation and three IU alumni including Young-Jin Kim (Kelley School of Business, M.B.A., 1984), Won Suk Joo (Kelley School of Business, M.B.A., 1987), and a third anonymous Korean alumnus. The new grant will be used to establish an endowed chair in Korean Studies at IU Bloomington. Currently, Michael Robinson (EALC) is directing the search for the new faculty member, who will be based in the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures within the new School of Global and International Studies. IU has more than 6,600 Korean alumni, and over 1,000 Korean students enroll at IU each year. Growing interest in IU’s Korean language program as well as courses on Korean culture, history and society signal a bright future for Korean studies in Bloomington. To read more about the Korea Foundation grant go here.